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June 30th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tillman Hall Bell Replacement 

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Today’s photos are from the mid 1980’s and show the bell at Tillman Hall being replaced. The above picture is a wide view of the bell when it was removed from Tillman Hall, leaving an open area that was clearly visible in the picture. 

Here is a closer view of Tillman Hall when the bell was removed. The original bell hung in Tillman Hall for 80 years. 

This picture is from the bell tower and shows the view behind the clock at Tillman Hall, something many Clemson graduates have never seen. 

Below is a close up of the bell. It is actually a combination of 47 French-made bells which weigh a total of 21 tons. 

The bells were manufactured by Paccard Fondue de Cloches, Annecy-le-Vieux, France. Annecy-le-Vieux is on the eastern side of France a few hundred miles south of Geneva and very near the Swiss border. 

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June 29th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Kluttz Steak House In Clemson 

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Today photos are from a long ago restaurant in downtown Clemson called the Kluttz Steak House. The above picture was taken in the 1950’s and shows the inside of the steak house with a big crowd. 

Below is a photo of the owners, known by the cadets as "Mom" & "Pop" Kluttz, inside the restaurant. Mrs. Kluttz also worked in the restaurant in the YMCA on campus. 

The Kluttz Steak House was “the best in steaks and short orders” according to advertisements distributed in the 1950’s. 

The restaurant left downtown Clemson some time around 1956. I believe the Kluttz family moved the restaurant into downtown Easley until the mid 1960’s. 

Below is a picture of downtown Clemson where the Kluttz Steak House was located during the 1950’s. 

(Note: If you have old pictures dating before 1990 that are Clemson related and you would like to share them, send them to me in an email with as much information about the pict…

June 28th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson Club Hotel 

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Today’s photo is of the Clemson Club Hotel, which occupied the hill where the Clemson House now sits. 

The above photo was taken from Bowman Field and shows Cadets marching along what is now Highway 93. The photo was taken in the 1940’s, I believe right after the start of WWII. 

Before Clemson University became coeducational in 1955, Clemson College was an all-male military school for nearly 62 years. During the time that Clemson was an all-male college, the college hosted formal dances. Women from nearby colleges and towns would serve as "chaperones" to the men at cadet dances. 

Before Clemson House was built in 1950, The Clemson Club Hotel stood in its place. For overnight stays there were no hotel facilities, and many women would stay in the Clemson Club Hotel. 

The Clemson Club Hotel was a large boarding house that provided rooms and apartments for faculty and their families. When there was room, the building made room …

June 27th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Brent Musberger and Ara Parsegian First Friday Parade In 1985 

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Today’s photo is from September 20th, 1985 and shows the First Friday Parade with Brent Musberger and Ara Parsegian riding along as the Grand Marshalls.  

The First Friday Parade in 1985 would be before the 2nd game of the season, as Clemson defeated Virginia Tech in Blacksburg on a David Treadwell last second field goal to open the season. 

Clemson was hosting Georgia the day after this picture was taken and the game was televised by CBS Sports. Clemson would fall 20-13 to the Bulldogs en route to a 6-6 season in 1985. 

Other notable events from 1985 in Clemson: The Esso Club discontinues pumping gas, bringing an end to one era at Clemson but beginning a new one as The Esso Club is now one of the most recognizable traditions at Clemson. 

In March of 1985, Dean Walter Cox appoints Bobby Robinson the new athletic director at Clemson, replacing Bill McLellan, who effectively resigned on March 1. 

Road To ACC Repeat Is Paved For Clemson

By Scott Rhymer
Summer is now in full swing and the initial anticipation of the college football season is just now beginning to peek over the horizon. Having grown weary of the expansion rumor mill, I thought it appropriate to start looking toward 2012 and ask the most obvious question in Tiger Nation:  Can Clemson repeat as ACC Champion? To repeat as champion, you have to win the division and get to the Championship Game.  Winning the division, in most cases, is more difficult than winning the Championship Game. Most of the initial analysis of the upcoming football season from the media will focus on the number of starters each team lost from their 2011 roster, key position battles, and star players that will help teams in the ACC in their push for the ACC Title. What often gets overlooked in projecting preseason favorites for the ACC Title is scheduling.  Who teams play, where they play them, and when they play them is often as important in predicting success or failure for an upcoming …

June 26th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

1973 Banners And Bennie Cunningham 

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Today’s photos are from the week of October 27th, 1973 as Clemson prepared to take on NC State in Death Valley. 

The above photo shows some nifty banner making and hanging skills by hung on one of the high rise dorms on campus. As you can see, the banner took up three floors and I am not sure how the students were able to get it hung there based on the picture! 

The lead up to the game was to be in vain as the Tigers fell 29-6 to the Wolfpack. The Tigers would finish the season 5-6 behind Peanut Sanders and Smiley Sanders. 

The star of the 1973 season was a young man that would go on to have a fabulous career in the NFL. Bennie Cunningham led the Tigers in 1973 and would go on to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers during their dominant run in the 1970’s. 

Bennie stopped by the Tiger Pregame Show in November of 2011 for a segment prior to the South Carolina game that evening. Bennie lives in Seneca to this day and attends …

June 25th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Orange Shoes Vs. NC State In 1967 

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Today’s photo is from a big day in Clemson football history. Most Clemson fans know about the history and lore of the orange pants, which started in 1980. But the first mystical change in football attire came 13 years earlier when Clemson put on orange shoes vs. NC State. Here’s the story, as best as I can remember it. 

In the 1960’s, every team wore black shoes when playing football. NC State's Bill Morrow found out that a member of the Kansas City Chiefs was wearing white shoes so he figured he would too. Morrow had a huge year in 1966 wearing the white shoes, including an intercepted pass for a touchdown that marked the first TD in the new Carter Finley Stadium. 

So, in 1967, one NC State player wanted to follow Morrow’s lead and make a fashion statement by wearing white shoes. Linebacker Chuck Amato (yes, that Chuck Amato) wore white shoes during the 1967 season and began spreading the look to the rest of the Wolfp…

June 24th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Old Laundry Building 

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Today’s photos are of the old Laundry Building at Clemson. It was typical for the freshmen rats to haul laundry for the upper classmen, as seen in the picture above. 

Here is an outside view of the Laundry Building. 

The below picture shows the Cadets dropping off their bags of laundry on the outside of the building through an opening in the door. 

Here is a picture of the inside of the laundry with the ladies sorting and tagging the bags so that they could be returned to the proper owner.  As you can see, the laundry would literally pile up on laundry day at Clemson! 

The final picture shows the end of the process, with the workers folding the clothes in preparation for returning them to the Cadets. 

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June 23 Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Early Look Of TD’s 

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Today’s photos are of a location that has served Clemson since the beginning. Most of you know the location and the look of TD’s, which sits at the top of College Avenue and faces Bowman Field and Tillman Hall. 

If you have followed this blog, you have also seen pictures of that same location in the ‘60s and ‘70’s when it was called Dan’s Sandwich Shop. 

But today we will go back even further to dig into what this location was in the 1920’s through the 1940’s. 

The above picture was taken from a postcard of Clemson in the 1920’s. It shows the rounded end of what is now TD’s and the side of the same building (which is now Subway). The building across College Avenue is a gas station in the 1920’s as you can see in the picture. 

The shrubbery on the edge of Bowman Field in the picture is something that I have not seen in many of the pictures from the early era of Clemson, so my guess is that they will be pulled up not too long after this…

June 22nd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Barrack Life In 1950’s 

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Today’s photos span the 1950’s and show what life was like for a Clemson Cadet in the 1950’s at Clemson. 

The above photo shows a cadet standing outside the old post office (now Mell Hall) reading a “sugar report”, which was a letter from a girl. The building in the background of the picture would one day be Dan’s Sandwich Shop and is now TD’s. 

The next photo is from inside the old barracks and it shows the Cadets passing the time during the evening. 

The photo below shows another view inside the old barracks, only this time the Cadets that occupied this room have added a little flair to their room (notice the window curtains!). 

The next photo shows the cadets inside the old barracks sitting around a table with one cadet playing the harmonica. 

And the final photo shows another cadet room with the Cadets thumbing through some newspapers and magazines. 

(Note: If you have old pictures dating before 1990 that are Clemson related and yo…

June 21st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

“Pool Him” Hazing At Clemson 

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Today’s photos span the 1950’s through the early 1980’s and show a traditional hazing ritual that many a Clemson Cadet and Clemson Student have “suffered” during their time on campus. 

The time honored tradition of “Pool Him” was a part of the Clemson lore for many years. If you attended Clemson in that era, you either were “pooled” or you watched someone get “pooled”. The above picture is with Clemson Cadets “pooling” a fellow cadet in the old reflection pond on campus. 

The next picture shows cadets “pooling” a fellow student in the old reflection pond at night. 

You were not safe at the Clemson House either, as evident by this student in the 1980’s being “pooled” in the fountain in the front of Clemson House. 

If you are old enough, you remember that the YMCA building next to Tillman Hall used to have a pool in it. When it did, Cadets would dunk fellow Cadets in that pool as well. 

Once the Cooper Library Reflection Pond was …

June 20th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Old Clemson Barracks (Now Lot 1) 

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Today’s photos are from 1948 and show two different views of buildings that no longer exist at Clemson University. 

The above picture is an aerial photo of Clemson and you can clearly see the white barracks sitting in a V where Lot 1 is now located. These were temporary barracks, constructed by the military during WWII. They were torn down just prior to the completion of Johnstone Hall in 1954. 

The below photo is a close up view of the temporary barracks and was taken with your back to Death Valley, on the southwest corner of what is now Lot 1. 

Barracks life made for a long day. Reveille was at dawn, and breakfast was as early as 6 a.m. In fact, in Clemson's early years, class was often finished in the morning hours, so that drill could be held in the afternoons. 

Lunch and dinner were served, and curfew was in effect so that the night started early and all cadets were accounted for. There was always an incessant w…

June 19th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tiger Band From 1940’s 

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Today’s photos are of Tiger Band in an era long gone in the history of Clemson College. The above picture was taken sometime in the mid 1940’s and shows the band coming into Memorial Stadium in the Northwest corner. 

You can also see Clemson Cadets marching in with the band onto the field. As you can see, the North lower deck does not extend as far as it does today. Additional sideline seating on the North and South lower decks were added in 1958. 

You can notice that there are no visible trees on the Northwest bank. By the time the West Endzone was built several years ago, two massive trees were growing on that same Northwest bank. 

Also notice that the West Endzone has not been built yet (it was completed in 1960). You can also see the prefabs where Littlejohn Coliseum now sits. 

The next picture is from around the same era and was taken in Anderson, SC. I assume that Tiger Band was invited to a parade, something that was very com…

June 18th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Olin Hall Through The Years 

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Today’s photos revolve around the history of Olin Hall. The above picture was taken in the late 1950s, just a few years after it was completed in 1953. You can see the prefabs to the right in the distance in the above picture. 

Olin Hall was named for F.W. Olin by the John M. Olin Foundation, which made a $2 million gift to Clemson to construct the building. So the building that many students took classes in is named for someone who did not even attend Clemson. 

 Here is some info on Franklin Olin from the ASEE Prism Magazine Online: 

Who is F.W. Olin? There's a good chance that you've seen his legacy. His name is splashed across dozens of engineering buildings on campuses around the nation, a high-profile foundation, and soon an innovative new engineering college. But who is the man behind the legend? 

Francis W. Olin's life was an example of hard work and ingenuity paying off. Born in Vermont in 1860, he received l…

June 17th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Nelson Welch Kicks Off For Tigers 

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Today’s photo is from 1994 and show the Tigers preparing to kick the ball off during a home game. 

The 1994 season was a tough one for the Tigers, who went 5-6 on the season with deflating losses to Georgia, Florida State, and South Carolina. 

During the 1994 season, Clemson was led by safety Brian Dawkins, Andy and Peter Ford at cornerback, Henry Guess, Patrick Sapp, Louis Solomon, Nelson Welch, and Will Young. 

The highlight of the season was a road victory against #19 North Carolina, 28-17, on November 5th. The game started in the cold and then sleet fell during the game in Chapel Hill. 

 (Note: If you have old pictures dating before 1990 that are Clemson related and you would like to share them, send them to me in an email with as much information about the picture as you can give and I will use it for a future “Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day”). 

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June 16th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Head Cheerleader At Clemson 

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Today’s photos are of Randy Jackson, Clemson’s head cheerleader in 1972. The above photo shows Randy in action, doing everything he can to pump up this Tiger crowd that was “suffering” from the last few seasons of the Hootie Ingram era at Clemson. 

Randy is the father of someone you may know of on Tigernet, ShoelessCU. If you don’t know ShoelessCU, you have certainly seen some of the videos of Clemson football that he has created and posted via the web and Youtube. 

Joe’s dad was Randy Jackson, and he posted a nice tribute on Tigernet several years ago about his father that included a bunch of great stories about being the head cheerleader at Clemson. Here you can read the thread and see some accompanying pictures. 

The next picture is of Randy Jackson in the old Tiger suit, nicknamed the Rat Pack. It was dubbed the Rat Pack because of how …